Sightings – December 2016

December 1st 2016

BIRDS

Little Grebe – single bird Loch an Aigeil, 31st December (DAH)

Tufted Duck – single female Loch an Aigeil, 31st December (DAH)

Mixed Thrushes – 10 Blackbird, 2 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush Culag Park, Lochinver, 31st December (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – male hunting in Culag Wood Lochinver, 31st December (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – single bird hunting through Nedd garden, 31st December (Ian Evans)

Redwing – single bird Oldany Farm, 29th December (DAH)

Blackbird – 6 Oldany Farm, 29th December (DAH)

Mistle Thrush – single bird near Clashnessie, 29th December (DAH)

Goldeneye – single female Loch Drumbeg, 28th December (DAH)

Goldfinch – 9 Culkein Drumbeg, 28th December (DAH)

Turnstone – 4 Bay of Culkein, 27th December (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 27th December (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 3 (1 male 2 female) Badnaban Bay, 26th December (Dave Bird)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 24th December (DAH)

Goldfinch – 12 Culkein Drumbeg, 22nd December (DAH)

Rock Dove – 27 Inverkirkaig, 19th December (DAH)

Black Guillemot – single bird Bay of Culkein, 19th December (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 19th December (DAH)

Turnstone – 1 Bay of Culkein, 19th December (DAH)

Oystercatcher – 34 Bay of Culkein, 19th December (DAH)

Curlew – 15 Balchladich, 19th December (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 28 Balchladich, 19th December (DAH)

Teal – 6 (2 male 4 female) Loch na Claise, 19th December (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 5 (4 male 1 female) Loch na Claise, 19th December (DAH)

Mallard – 11 (6 male 5 female) Loch Neil Bhain, 19th December (DAH)

Grey Heron – 10 Oldany estuary, 18th December (DAH)

Wigeon – 3 females Oldany estuary, 18th December (DAH)

Teal – 2 females Oldany estuary, 18th December (DAH)

Mallard – 12 (10 male 2 female) Oldany estuary, 18th December (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 9 (5 male 4 female) Oldany estuary, 18th December (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single bird Loch Dhrombaig, 18th December (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – single male Culag Park, Lochinver, 17th December (DAH)

Blackbird – 9 (mixed ages and sexes) Culag Park, Lochinver, 17th December (DAH). Would seem we have had a further influx of winter thrushes.

Herring Gull – c110 Loch Inver, 17th December (DAH)

Tawny Owl – 2 birds singing at Culkein Drumbeg at around 10.30pm, 16th December (DAH)

Lapwing – single on Clachtoll crofts, 15th December (AS)

Dipper – on shores of Loch Assynt, at Ardreck Castle, 14th December (AS)

Tufted Duck – 2 males Loch Drumbeg, 14th December (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 14th December (DAH)

Brambling – single male in with c75 Fieldfare, Culkein Drumbeg, 14th December (DAH)

Goldeneye – 2 (1 male 1 female) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 13th December (DAH)

Goldfinch – 7 near Oldany, 13th December (DAH)

Redwing – 3 Culkein Drumbeg, 13th December (DAH)

Fieldfare – c60 Culkein Drumbeg, 13th December (DAH)

Peregrine – female hunting near Oldany, 12th and 13th December (DAH)

Fulmar – c70 on cliffs between Rubh’an Dunain and Point of Stoer, 12th December (DAH)

Purple Sandpiper – 2 Rubh’an Dunain, 12th December (DAH)

Turnstone – 28 Rubh’an Dunain, 12th December (DAH)

Fieldfare – c300 near Rientraid, 10th December (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single bird Loch a Chairn Bhain, 10th December (DAH)

Barn Owl – single bird on fence post 7.30pm near Rhicarn, 9th December (DAH)

Blackcap – male at Cathair Dubh, Clachtoll, 8th December (Sandy Glover)

Tawny Owl – singing bird 6pm Culkein Drumbeg, 8th December (DAH)

Snipe – single bird lifted near Stoer Head lighthouse, 8th December (DAH)

Dunlin – single bird Bay of Culkein, 8th December (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 32 Bay of Culkein, 8th December (DAH)

Cormorant – Loch nan Lub, above Clashnessie, 5th December (Claire Belshaw)

Curlew – 11 Culkein Drumbeg, 5th December (DAH)

Fieldfare – c100 over Culkein Drumbeg, 5th December (DAH)

Coal Tit – 7 using garden feeders Culkein Drumbeg, 5th December (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 7 (4 male 3 female) Oldany estuary, 5th December (DAH)

Barn Owl – near Clashnessie, 4th December (Gwen Richards)

Arctic Skua – single flying due west over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th December (DAH). This is a very late Assynt record for this species.

Wigeon – 3 males Oldany estuary, 4th December (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 18 in trees around Loch Drumbeg, 4th December (DAH)

Little Grebe – 2 Loch Drumbeg, 4th December (DAH)

Goldeneye – 2 (1 male 1 female) Loch Drumbeg, 4th December (DAH)

Teal – 3 (1 male 2 female) Loch Neil Bhain, 4th December (DAH)

Bullfinch – single female in garden Baddidarach, 3rd December (Ken Fairchild)

Little Grebe – single bird Lochan Sgeireach, 3rd December (DAH)

Goldeneye – 2 (1 male 1 female) Loch an Aigeil, 3rd December (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 Clashnessie Bay, 2nd December (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 4 Clashnessie Bay, 2nd December (DAH)

Goldeneye – single male Loch na Claise, 2nd December (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 4 (2 male 2 female) Loch na Claise, 2nd December (DAH)

Turnstone – single bird Bay of Culkein, 2nd December (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 2nd December (DAH)

Redshank – 3 Bay of Culkein, 2nd December (DAH)

Teal – single male Loch Neil Bhain, 2nd December (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – single bird on garden feeder Baddidarach, 1st December (Ken Fairchild)

Great Northern Diver – single on Loch Dhrombaig, 1st December (DAH)

Goldeneye – single female Loch Drumbeg, 1st December (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 5 Drumbeg, 1st December (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – single bird hunting around Drumbeg, 1st December (DAH)

Redwing – c50 Drumbeg, 1st December (DAH)

Fieldfare – c150 Drumbeg, 1st December (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Common Seal – 2 on rocks off Badnaban, 21st December (Dave Bird)

Otter – mother and immature feeding near Clashnessie, 15th December (DAH)

Common Seal – 6 on rocks Clashnessie Bay, 12 December (DAH)

Smooth Sow-thistle Sonchus oleraceus – single plant in flower on abandoned croft house window sill near Stoer Primary School, 6th December (DAH). This is the first record of this plant for the 10km square NC03. Photo Gallery-Flowering Plants and Ferns.

Pipistrelle Bat – single flying in Strathan house, 3 December (Clarinda Chant). The mild weather at the moment may be causing our bats to wake up which is a big risk as there is no food (midges) for them.

Stoat – single young animal in Balchladich garden, 1st December (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

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Recent Sightings

Goosander

single female on Oldany River (DAH) (16/12)

Goldeneye

single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (16/12)

Goosander

single female on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH) (11/12)

Dipper

four birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). One bird could be seen, and heard, singing. (11/12)

Otter

two animals on the shore beside Church of Scotland, Lochinver (Gwen Richards) (11/12)

Whooper Swan

three birds feeding, Loch an Aigeil (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds (10/12)

Dipper

single bird on Oldany River (DAH) (10/12)

Long-tailed Tit

6+ birds in trees, Glenleraig (Ian Evans) (09/12)

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